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Ode to ECOfit Plus

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AUTHOR: Clay Moore, Mideast Regional Sales Manager, Ecore

A question that often comes up when I am giving presentations at design firms or with end users is: “Well, what commercial flooring do you recommend?” Or “what’s your favorite Ecore commercial flooring option?” It can be a difficult question to answer, and the commercial flooring type you select definitely depends on the application, customer needs, and limitations among other things.

ECOfit Plus 
BUT the answer I find myself continuously landing on is that EcoFit Plus is the best commercial flooring solution. EcoFit Plus is an engineered floor comprised of a 3.2mm piece of Vulcanized Composition Rubber (VCR) fusion bonded to a 12mm VCR performance backing. The result is a 15.2mm thick floor that comes in 4-foot-wide glue-down rolls or an interlocking tile format that doesn’t require glue to install. 
Cross section of an ECOfit Plus floor.
ECOFit Plus is unique from other surfaces because it offers 3 distinct benefits to the people that interact with it: safety, acoustics, and ergonomics. Or, what I like to say: ECOfit Plus offers a prescription for comfort.

Ergonomics and the Clean Eating Energy Exchange
Whether a traditional health and fitness application or an active work environment, ECOfit Plus provides enhanced performance while mitigating fatigue. The key is the dynamic energy return that forces the user to stay off their heels and on to the balls of their feet.

“Eating clean” is a phrase you hear a lot today. The fundamentals of eating clean include consuming more whole foods and less processed options. The science says that whole foods give your body the energy and nutrition you need, without the extra fluff; almost like a cleaner energy exchange of fuel for your body. The great thing about EcoFit Plus is that when people interact with the floor, a similar “clean eating” energy exchange is happening. Let me explain… 

EcoFit Plus is an almost perfectly balanced floor because its force reduction measures 35.5% and its energy restitution measures 51.9%. Why are those numbers important and what do they mean?

Force Reduction & Energy Restitution
As the foot impacts the surface it deflects, absorbing energy.
A surface with a higher percentages of force reduction (really soft surface) requires the body to use more energy for stabilization. With a force reduction of 35%, ECOfit Plus is right in that “clean” energy exchange range, where the body is saving energy and enjoying the benefits of a soft surface. In contrast, energy restitution deals with how much energy is being returned to the body.
Energy restitution. Stored energy is released into the athlete moving forward.
For context, concrete returns 77.2% and sand returns 0.50%. If too much energy is returned, it is fatiguing on joints (concrete is hard on joints). If too little energy is returned it is fatiguing to muscles (sand is too soft). EcoFit Plus is tailored to sit in that cleaner range of energy restitution at 51.9%. Together these numbers – force reduction of 35% and an energy return of 51.9% – create a beautiful balance for an overall clean energy exchange. ECOfit Plus is accepting energy, managing it, and returning it in an efficient way to benefit the body!

Safety
In addition to being ergonomic, ECOfit Plus also offers these safety benefits:

  • is slip resistant wet or dry
  • can reduce the risk of injury from a fall
  • quiets the environment for healing and focus
  • enhances staff well-being by mitigating fatigue

Overhead view of a pharmacy with Ecore floors.

Acoustics
The third benefit ECOfit Plus provides relates to acoustics. Because ECOfit Plus features two layers of VCR fusion bonded together, this engineered surface significantly reduces the noise caused by impacts, such as high heels hitting the floor or a cart rolling down a hallway. 

Floors like ECOfit Plus are designed to manage this energy. The energy created from the impact has two general transmission paths.

  1. In-room Impact Noise – sound level in room where the impact occurs
  2. Transmitted Impact Noise – sound level in adjacent room, typically below impact


To learn more about in-room impact noise, watch this video.. To learn more about transmitted impact noise, visit the Ecore Acoustics page.  

What also makes ECOfit Plus unique is that it is a versatile floor that can be used in a wide variety of applications:  ECOfit Plus used in a gym

  • Retail
  • K-12/Higher Ed
  • Selectorized Strength
  • Clinical/Labs
  • Therapy/Rehab
  • Childcare/Play Zones
  • Free Weights
  • Public Spaces
  • Cardio
  • Functional Training
  • Olympic Style Lifting
  • Tracks


Because of its versatility and benefits, ECOfit Plus is the Ecore commercial flooring I recommend most often. To order a sample or learn more visit the ECOfit Plus product page.